John McCain's Racist Statements on Wildfires: After Pearce, Recall McCain

In the most disgusting, reprehensible, and irresponsible comments of his political career (and that's saying a lot), Arizona's senior U.S. Senator John McCain is blaming illegal immigrants for Arizona's recent plague of wildfires, saying it's the reason the country needs a "secure border."

As reported by CNN, the former presidential candidate made the following, outright racist statement during a Saturday press conference regarding the wildfire epidemic:

"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally. They have set fires because they want to signal others. They have set fires to keep warm. And they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them. So the answer to that part of the problem is get a secure border."

He offered zero proof of his outrageous assertion. ABC is reporting that federal firefighting officials are saying there is "no evidence" to back up McCain's phony claim.

Thus, in one fell swoop, McCain has outdone nativist extremists such as state Senate President Russell Pearce, McCain's 2010 primary rival J.D. Hayworth, and just about every minuteman and Mexican-hater on the planet. 

The statement is patently racist, as the "illegal immigrants" he's referencing are not Canadians overstaying their visas, but migrants coming into the country via the Mexican-American border, almost all of whom are Latino and happen to have brown skin.

If you don't buy what I'm saying, replace the "they" in McCain's statement with the words "the Jews" or "blacks," and see how far that gets you before you receive a much-deserved smack in the jaw.

(Yeah, I know "Latino" refers to ethnicity. But in the context of Arizona, nativism is de facto racism. Split hairs all you want.)

McCain's words are more hateful, more damaging than anything former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner ever did. The only similarity is that both men's actions are incredibly dumb, and with them, they've exposed themselves -- literally and metaphorically -- for what they really are: in Weiner's case, an idiot; in McCain's case, a bigot.

Allow me to be the first to call for McCain's resignation and his condemnation by his peers in the Senate. And if this hateful alter kocker will not resign, might I suggest that the citizens of Arizona begin recalling him as soon as we're done removing state Senator Pearce through the upcoming recall election in Legislative District 18.

This sort of scapegoating calls to mind the lies promulgated to whip up pogroms against the Jews during the Russian Empire. Should any racial or ethnic violence be inspired by McCain's comments, I can only hope there is some federal law about instigating violence against minorities than can be pursued.

CNN quotes Randy Parraz, leader of the Pearce recall effort and a former contender for the Democratic nomination to take on McCain in 2010, as saying that, "It's easier to fan the flames of intolerance, especially in Arizona."

Let the universal condemnation of McCain begin with Parraz's spot-on observation.

I don't care if McCain apologies or attempts to amend his comments. His vilification of the undocumented, and by extension, all Latinos, is beyond the pale. 

Even assuming, for a moment, that he was somehow able to tie one of the fires now raging in Sand Land to some illegal immigrant somewhere, his blanket assertion is still racist and unacceptable.

And if you disagree, take a moment and consider whether or not you would be offended, when, if the next firebug arrested is a Caucasian, I were to state something to the effect that there is "substantial evidence" that whites are responsible for current conflagrations.

Cogitate on that for a sec, haters.

McCain's statement has no place in public life. Indeed, it would sound more apt at a rally of the Ku Klux Klan. Perhaps McCain has a fitted sheet in his closet. After hearing this latest bigoted bull trip from his lips, it would surprise me not one bit.

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lawofattractioncommunity
lawofattractioncommunity

Weiner and BajaRats beat your wife for the lousy job she does ;-P  and by the way your kids aren't yours, the afro should have been a clue dummy

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gametruthordare

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Dallanta
Dallanta

my mistake, I did not understand.  Since I am a conservative, I am a racist, no matter what.  Now I got it.

Dallanta
Dallanta

Racist?  How is it racist?  Are you an idilt or just trying to write special prose for the media?  First off, illegals dump tons of trash out there and destroy the environment.  Thousands of them pass through leaving there "dropping".  That is a fact you cannot refute.  The wildfires could have been started by an illegal, I don't know, but the odds are in favor of that.  It could have been an illegal alien caucasian from Europe far as I or you know.  If they had suspects in custody they would need proof.  As far as figuring out who did it everything is on the table.  It could have been mexicans, the mexican army, canadian terrorists, or you trying to start a story.  Right or wrong, it is not racist, dummy

Anon
Anon

Why aren't we surprised McCain would reduce himself to the level of a local sheriff?

nemesis
nemesis

New fires in Heber/Overguarrd! Must be illegals according to McCain.

Coz
Coz

The good thing about these blogs is it brings out the racist's from their trailer parks that post they're bullshit and show's everyone just what lowlife's they are.

Sinistar_8085
Sinistar_8085

Is'nt it funny how Conservatives always try to hide their wrong doings by sniveling about Liberals? This is why so many people I know have abandoned being a Conservative or werre scared away from becoming a Conservative.

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer

> If you don't buy what I'm saying, replace the "they" in McCain's statement with the words "the Jews" or "blacks," and see how far that gets you before you receive a much-deserved smack in the jaw.

That straw man didn't work in jr. high school, why in the hell do you think it would work in an adult conversation?

bill fold
bill fold

McPain has the same problem as our sherff. He has diarrhea of the mouth and constipation of the brain. Fortunately he has a wife that can change his depends. Hey Johnny, how many houses you got? Were you able to remember? Is your diaper on backwards again? You xenophobic piece of trash.

Rev. Rob
Rev. Rob

POLL: Do you believe Sen. John McCain's claim that Arizona wildfires were caused by illegal immigrants?Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/r/90170...Honestly, I can hardly believe he said that. lol

JtWalston7
JtWalston7

This newspaper and its writers have gone completely insane . To point out that illegal border crossers may have started some fires is RACIST ? And if i dont agree with Obamas policies i am a racist too . THATS THE CRAZIEST FKN THING I HAVE EVER HEARD . Cant win the debate so cry racism you LOSERS .

Bobby
Bobby

Funny, but I can't see two dimes worth of difference, as those two parties now exist. They both sell out Americans on a daily basis. Get real.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Check the straw between your ears, CS, and you'll have your answer.

Mistalee
Mistalee

No straw man there.

Some forms (and targets) of racism are more socially acceptable than others. Had McCain blamed the forest fires on Blacks or Jews instead of Mexican immigrants, the outcry would make the welkin ring.

But Mexicans, like Arabs, are the socially acceptable whipping boys for the racists these days. 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

These "writers" at the New Times are not journalists in any sense of the word, they are simple lowly-paid professional trolls who exist solely to operate as obnoxious loudspeakers broadcasting a predetermined party line.

Mistalee
Mistalee

It is equally true, since we have no evidence pointing to any group or any individual as a cause for the fires, that freemasons, yakuza, scrabble enthusiasts or professional jugglers MAY be responsible for the blazes.

So with all of these options, why focus exclusively on Mexican immigrants? Why not unicyclists? It is because McCain is playing to the hate in sandland.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

"Cant win the debate so cry racism you LOSERS"

If the sheet fits...

Bobby
Bobby

"And if I don't agree with Obamas policies, I am racist too."' 

Well, what do you know. Someone asks the 64million dollar question. That's right, of course you are. Why do you think the elite pushed him forward to be elected? They screwed up the nation so badly, that if a white guy was in office attention would be drawn to him. But if a black guy is in office? Well, think about how many times the word racist is used in this country, and you've answered the question. 

Coz
Coz

Actually, all politicians sell out all Americans on a daily basis, it's the political American way.

rickw93
rickw93

Another good one SL, does that mean anything or is it just the ramblings of an idiot?

Mistalee
Mistalee

 Indeed it does fit. Even the hoods are shaped just right for their pointy little heads.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Hell, I disagree with many of Obama's policies. But then I ain't no crazy-ass birther, either ;)

Bobby
Bobby

Serious counseling? Are you saying latina's aren't hot?  Are you really a man?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

I am glad I am not the only one who agrees that Stephen Lemons is quite likely a pedophile.  Seriously, just read some of his articles about sex offenders, the guy goes into way more detail than any rational person ever would.  It is frankly disturbing.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Says the troll who apparently spends his entire day sucking the metaphorical dick of a two-bit hack like Lemons in the comment section everyday.  If anyone here needs counseling it is you.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

If you are so brave why don't you post your real name?  Congratulations, you just proved yourself to be both a hypocrite and a coward.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Considering the average salary paid to the trolls at this site I think it is safe to assume that I make at least twice what the fat ass who craps out this propaganda does.

rickw93
rickw93

You are not worth the effort.  Anyone who does not see you for what you are is unsalvagable anyway. Exposing your low lifestyle and even lower compensation for your "trolling" is completely pointless.  So go get into your 85 Honda and ride off smugly into the sunset. But know that there are many of us that know you for what you are. So when you look into the mirror remember this most intelligent people think you are a jackass.

Coz
Coz

Not even close to being the hack you are.

Coz
Coz

You're a fucking moron.

Coz
Coz

As with most chicken shit racist that hide under their white hoods..

Coz
Coz

Not sick fantasies Stephen, most likely that's it's real life.

Coz
Coz

At least he gets paid for working for a living.Probably a lot more than you can say.

Bobby
Bobby

No one that supports illegal aliens can by a racist. Got that!?

Mistalee
Mistalee

The soft spot is atop your cranium.

Hope you're wearing a headbanger helmet. 

Bnbk
Bnbk

My guess is that for the fine job Stephen does, he more than likely is under paid !

Mistalee
Mistalee

He probably does.

Just as odd, Bobby recently confessed that he fantasizes about me as a hot latina.

He and MaxOnePercent both need some serious counseling.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Whatever you want to call it, personally attacking your readers is not exactly what most would define as objective journalism or even a rational policy for any legitimate news organization to endorse.  Anyway, it is just further proof that you are not a "journalist" but simply a professional troll.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

No, but you are a dream-come-true for those who oppose illegal immigration and amnesty because you do a wonderful job of pushing moderate people away from your cause with your incessant hyperbole and blatant propaganda.  Keep up the good work!

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Alright, now I have the New Times editorial staff ganging up on me!  It's too easy.  Isn't it nice to see the New Time's free-speech ideals played out played out in real-time?  I know I am enjoying it.

Back to your question, no unlike you I am not a paid troll working for a propaganda outlet.  I am a real person who once was a regular reader of the New Times before activist lunatics like yourself and señor Lemons took it over.  I guess you could say that I am fighting the good fight.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

By "investigative journalism" you must mean "activist propaganda" because I don't think the new times has any capability to report accurate facts.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

The first is verbal fisticuffs, though you seem too dense to notice that. The second is a challenge to one of your buddies who thinks it'll be hella easy to find out how much I make a year, like that matters. Neither constitute a threat, sonny.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Wow, your fantasies are really detailed, max. Do you dream of me at night as well?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

I see, so apparently you work for the New Times too...I guess that explains why I see your stupid ass on this site every time I come here.  So let me get this straight, the New Times pays you guys to hang around and troll the comment sections of your own articles?  If that isn't confirmation that the New Times is nothing more than pure propaganda in action then I don't know what is.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Did it take you long to come up with that, Max?

Since you are a regular visitor to Lemons' blog, you must be, in your own view, a worthless piece of shit who trolls on the blog of a worthless piece of shit.

A sort of Mobius worthless piece of shit, or maybe a worthless piece of shit squared.

 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

What's the matter, did I hit a soft spot?  I can tell you are pedo-bear from the way you go into salacious detail about the child-porn that some of these monsters get caught with on your blog, you show way too much interest for a simple casual observer.  I can practically see you drooling all over the keyboard as you type.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Wow, you really don't understand much about the newspaper industry.

Paid subscriptions are a minor revenue stream for newspapers. Their bread and butter is advertising. The PNT and its sister newspapers in other states have developed an intelligent business model which forgoes the paid subscription in exchange for greater circulation and more advertising revenue.

And as far as being a "real newspaper," The PNT has consistently and for many years kicked the living shit out of the Arizona Republican when it comes to investigative journalism. There are plenty of journalists who would gladly split with their "real newspapers" and work for the PNT or similar doing the kind of investigative work that PNT journalists have the freedom to do.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

"Doesn't take much to flick aside a keyboard chickenhawk..."

"By all means, please try."

Those sound like fighting words to me...

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

"a well known child ass-raper" 

Check Freud's definition of "projection," max. You've got some sicko fantasies there, pardner.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

"Are you really threatening your readers?" Huh? Where's the threat, Portnoy? You forget to chew your meds this morning?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Is that the best you can do?  I thought you were supposed to be a writer?  I guess it doesn't take much intelligence or creativity to work as a troll for the New Times, I guess that is why they pay you so little.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

He's not a journalist, he is a professional troll

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

You are however a fat-ass, a dumb-ass, and a well known child ass-raper though so I don't know if you really count as anything more than a worthless piece of shit who trolls for a living.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

"the NT is after all a commercial enterprise engaged in making profits."What are you, some kind of commie?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Are you really threatening your readers?  I always knew you were a shameless propagandist but now you are showing your true colors as an unhinged lunatic as well?  Awesome! Keep going man! Everyone who reads your drivel already knows you are nothing more than a fat-assed, borderline-retarded and semi-literate troll anyway, just keep proving it!

rickw93
rickw93

Lets see a fourth rate journalist writing for a free newspaper seems to carry a little sway on some.  Don't you wonder why SL is not writing for a real newspaper? Being underpaid is a sure sign and an absolute measure of his worth, the NT is after all a commercial enterprise engaged in making profits.  He is a hack.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Why would anyone care? Being underpaid doesn't make you right or wrong, just underpaid.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

"Well I guess it is easy enough to find out."

By all means, please try.

rickw93
rickw93

How much do they pay you down there at the NT? I am guessing probably 8-12k per year right?  Well I guess it is easy enough to find out.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Doesn't take much to flick aside a keyboard chickenhawk...

rickw93
rickw93

Powerful and compelling answer Stephen!

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

A crazy-ass unafraid to use his real name, unlike some...

rickw93
rickw93

Since we have agreed that you are an ass that just leaves the questions what kind of crazy-ass are you?

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